noun, often attributive
out·​pa·​tient | \ˈau̇t-ˌpā-shənt \

Definition of outpatient 

: a patient who is not hospitalized overnight but who visits a hospital, clinic, or associated facility for diagnosis or treatment — compare inpatient

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Bunch said treatments could include counseling, intense outpatient treatments, and social activities that can keep them occupied. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Gaming disorder is a real condition. Does your kid have it?," 18 June 2018 Roe-Taylor had urged the judge to consider ordering outpatient treatment, saying that removing Hartman from the community would be unnecessary — a request Slattery-Boyle denied. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "'Serial stowaway' unfit to stand trial, judge rules," 29 Mar. 2018 The health-care fraud investigation by state and federal authorities into Ryan Sheridan and Braking Point Recovery Center -- a for-profit company that provided detox, outpatient treatment, day treatment and sober living services -- is ongoing. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Feds want to seize DeLorean, Batmobile, Ghostbusters car in Ohio medical fraud investigation," 22 Mar. 2018 Some good news: Texas guard Andrew Jones, who has been undergoing treatment for leukemia, has been released from the hospital to continue outpatient treatment. Dan Greene, SI.com, "The Darkhorse Dozen: 12 Underrated Players Primed to Become Breakout Stars in March," 5 Mar. 2018 Today Donna is in a group therapy session at Family First, an outpatient substance abuse program for women. Hayley Krischer, Marie Claire, "How Heroin Came for Middle-Class Moms," 20 Aug. 2018 In addition to the acute care hospital, the campus includes an outpatient surgery and ambulatory care center, medical arts center and a state-of-the-art cancer treatment center. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "A visionary volunteer steps away from leading Harford's hospitals," 13 July 2018 The medical pavilion offers primary care, cardiology, outpatient rehab and other specialties. Naseem S. Miller, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Monday health briefing: Care Spot opens new location; Baldwin Park ER breaks ground; Mothers' Milk Bank turns three," 11 June 2018 He was discharged from a rehab center on Feb. 1 and moved to an outpatient therapy program. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Ryan Shazier won't play in 2018, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert says," 28 Feb. 2018

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1715, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of outpatient

: a person who goes to a doctor's office or hospital for treatment but who does not spend the night there


out·​pa·​tient | \ˈau̇t-ˌpā-shənt \

Medical Definition of outpatient 

: a patient who is not hospitalized overnight but who visits a hospital, clinic, or associated facility for diagnosis or treatment — compare inpatient

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